Fonta Flora Barnburner 2021

October 16, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Fonta Flora Whippoorwill Farm
Overmountain Cycles
(828) 413-1357

Overmountain Cycles is excited to bring you the Fonta Flora BARNBURNER!

The Fonta Flora Barnburner is a 50k mountain bike race that will test your endurance, skill and fortitude to press on as you ride through the heart-pounding trails of Lake James State Park and the Fonta Flora Trail.

Each trail system has unique features to enjoy, but here’s a little taste. LJSP is tight, fast and flowy, with ripping berm sections and did we mention feel the flow? Next the Fonta Flora trail opens up, but stay on your game. It’s fast, fast, fast with tight corners, wide open sprints and enough flow to get the wheels well off the ground. Gorgeous lake views abound on this race along with mountain views that will inspire you to ride harder.

The Barnburner will start and finish at Fonta Flora Brewery’s Whippoorwill Farm in Nebo, NC. After finishing this beautiful race, plan to enjoy a hand-crafted pint at the brewery with your fellow racers. Proceeds from the event will benefit further maintenance & development of the trails around Lake James!

Multiple ways to be scored!

We’ve got plenty of categories to choose from this year, so you can sign up for the one that fits you best. Here’s a list of categories and how they’ll be scored:

  • Compete against your age group. The following categories will allow you to compete against racers in your age bracket on a variety of bike types. Each category will have a men’s and women’s division.
    • Juniors: 17 and Under
    • Open Category: 18-49
    • Masters: 50+

  • Compete against riders on the same bike type. The following categories will allow you to compete against racers of any age, but everyone must use the same bike type. Each category will have a men’s and women’s division.
    • Single Speed
    • Gravel Bike

  • Compete in the Party Pace category! This category will still be professionally timed, but it’s for the non-competitive rider who just wants to have a good time and test themselves on the trails. This category will not group riders by gender, age, or bike type.

Questions on which event is best for you? Contact Overmountain Cycles and ask Mike for advice!


General Info

Parking attendants will be onsite at 7am to direct traffic and parking. If you arrive before this, we might kindly ask you to re-park so everyone fits, nicely.

Start time is 9am!!!

Registration Cut-off: We are limited to 300 participants. It’s important to register early!!!! Barnburner registration will be CLOSING on 10am Wednesday October 13th, 2021 so we can get everything squared away. There WILL be same day registration for the Barnburner, but event t-shirts and socks cannot be guaranteed.

What bike to ride: Not sure which arrow in the quiver to bring? The Barnburner is more of an endurance race than technical challenge, so we would recommend few different bikes. It’s very common to see hardtails, short travel full suspensions and even gravel bikes on these trails! Long travel is not recommended, unless you just roll that way. Join one of the prerides to find out what the trail is like! Preride details are on the Overmountain Cycles Facebook Page.

Cut-off time: Cut off time is 3pm at the Long Arm Access off HWY 126 on the return trip from the Fonta Flora Trail. Riders past this time will be directed to finish the race on HWY 126 back to the finish line.

Food: Single Wyde will be supplying food for participants and spectators. Vegan/Vegetarian options will be available. Little Guatemala will be supply coffee to keep you amped.

Bathrooms/Shower: Fonta Flora Brewery is equipped with bathrooms in their tasting room for your use. An outside shower will be provided for post-race clean up as well. Be courteous and clean up after yourself please!

Neutral support: Overmountain Cycles will be providing neutral support for race day participants. They will have limited tools and supplies, so bring the gear you need and please be prepared.

Post-race: Yeeeeehaw, you did it!!! Get yourself a Fonta Flora beer (one free with registration), some tasty food and hang with us.

Event schedule

  • October 16 7:00 AM EDT – Registration and check-in opens

  • October 16 8:45 AM EDT – Racer Meeting

  • October 16 9:00 AM EDT – RACE START

  • October 16 1:00 PM EDT – Awards